The results: my new Agaves

A week ago I went to local nursery Greenscape Gardens to buy some kale seed, but instead spent a lot of time looking at Agaves and other succulents. After getting some questions answered here and thinking about it for a week, I went back this weekend and made my choices.

That's not to say that I just walked in, grabbed the plants I had decided upon, and purchased. No, this was a shopping trip that included much more debate, side-by-side comparison, putting plants into the cart then taking them back out again until the final decisions were made. For instance the Agave impressa 'Impressive' above was in the cart for a while then out again before I finally decided upon a smaller specimen.


I'm still not certain what this Agave is...

Need ID on this Agave please!

...but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. Interestingly, after seeing its clean edges and overall sleek look, the "Impressive" looked a bit gaudy to me -- which is why I removed it from the cart.

Here's what I decided upon (all estimates of the number of plants I'd buy in last post were low!):

I wouldn't have bought so many except that the smaller ones were cheaper. (Using special plant shopping math...) Pretty nice that I could photograph these outdoors, as the temperature was about 70ºF (21ºC)!

Here are photos from the previous post of the individual plants. I managed to find some pots that appeared to have correct labels, but please correct anything that looks amiss (Gerhard!):

Agave 'Blue Flame'

Agave impressa 'Impressive' (I got the small, distressed one)

Agave parrasana 'Globe'

Need ID on this Agave please!

Agave ocahui 'Wavy Gravy'

I also grabbed the wonderfully bumpy Aloe:

Aloe hybrid, exact ID unknown

At first I didn't see it and thought that it had been sold, but later found it as it had been moved to another table. Whew!

I'm not sure that Tagg is happy with the placement of the new plants...

...but they'll be moving outside soon enough. I'll repot the smaller ones when they're ready to go outside, and will probably remove some pups too -- I'll pay a bit more for a plant that is producing offspring already, as many of these are!

Tagg may not like the plants here, but his mom loves to rub her face on the lowermost super-pointy leaf tips. This is the same cat that rubs her face on the Pachypodium lamerei, so who knows what's going on in that little brain...


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outlawgardener  – (March 9, 2015 at 9:24 AM)  

Nice choices, Alan! These will be great additions to your migratory garden!

Mark and Gaz  – (March 9, 2015 at 9:37 AM)  

Fine choices Alan, great looking plants for great prices too!

Alan  – (March 9, 2015 at 11:11 AM)  

Mark/Gaz: There were 2 or 3 more that didn't make the cut this trip, but I may have to pick up later...

Peter: Thanks for the reminder that once these are in heavy pots and have put on some more size they won't be as easy to overwinter. :\

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (March 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM)  

Great picks! That mystery agave almost looks like an impressa without teeth! I honestly have no clue what it could be. Are the leaves stiff or fairly pliable?

I still can't make that A. parrasana look like a parrasana. Check out these photo for comparison. Typically, A. parrasana forms a fairly tight rosette as opposed to the wide open leaf arrangements of yours.

Alan  – (March 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM)  

Gerhard: the leaves are very stiff, and it has several pups ("Impressive" is solitary?)

It's possible the A. parrasana tag is wrong, but perhaps it's not yet big enough to have the correct form?

Alan  – (March 9, 2015 at 2:38 PM)  

Maybe the unknown is the species form of A. impressa, or a toothless form?

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (March 9, 2015 at 6:01 PM)  

Alan, my understanding is that Agave impressa is solitary, yes.

Can you post another photo of the mystery agave? Maybe a wider shot?

Denise  – (March 9, 2015 at 6:59 PM)  

The mystery agave looks a little like 'Burnt Burgundy' maybe? That impressa has beautiful coloration. I attended a talk once by Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden where he showed slides of impressa in the wild. So much more beautiful than my impressa -- much closer to yours!

Alan  – (March 9, 2015 at 8:39 PM)  

Gerhard: I'll take more photos soon.

Denise: The leaf margins on this one are white (like 'Impressive'), and 'Burnt Burgundy' looks like red margins. Where's the Agave ID phone app? ;)

danger garden  – (March 10, 2015 at 12:04 AM)  

Buying more agaves is never a bad thing!

Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog  – (March 10, 2015 at 2:18 PM)  

I love all agaves and wish they did better in the ground in my climate. So I keep them in pots but they grow so fast that it seems I'm always repotting them. Which can be dangerous when their large! You got a nice selection there.

Hoover Boo  – (March 22, 2015 at 11:56 PM)  

post the agave on xericworld, alan. that will get you an id. It's familiar but I can't place it.

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